Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman are, without doubt, the best political reporters the Times has.
They’re almost as good as our very own associate solitary reporter, Johanna Jones.
In today’s Times, Baker and Haberman, having both memorized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s comprehensive report on Donald Trump’s willful, deliberate obstruction of justice, explain in detail how Trump, in rage and panic, directed his subordinates, including White House Counsel Don McGahn, to fire Mueller, only McGahn resigned instead (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/white-house-mueller-report.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share).
ASR Jones was in Trump’s Oval Office early this Good Friday morning when former Indiana conservative radio talk show host Mike Pence, an evangelical if there ever was one, walked in while Trump was tweeting to his base base that he had been not only completely exonerated, but that Mueller had included in his Report a sentence proclaiming that he, Trump, was the most judicious, the most principled, the most religious man ever to sit in the Oval Office.
“Sir,” Pence began, “I can’t tell you what an honor it is to wake up every day and lick your boots.”
“Thanks, Mikey,” Trump replied, “I always knew you’d be loyal to me, even more than Jared has been.”
“Sir, I’m not that emotional a guy, because my True Devotion is always to my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus….but when it comes to God’s earthly creatures, my loyalty is always to You, Sir, as you are My Lord.”
Jones observed the possibility of a tear of gratitude on Trump’s beleaguered and most unattractive face.
Then Pence embraced Trump. They remained locked in their fond embrace for half an hour; and that immediately reminded Jones of Revelation 8:1-2, “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them."